Imelda Milner

What is your role with FoHB?

Just over a year ago I was asked if I would be interested in joining the Friends of High Borrans. Not really sure what I was letting myself in for I said yes. My role now is helping out in whatever way I can, currently that is helping to organise the November Awards Ceremony and social evening for the Young Leaders, Mentors and Ambassadors.

How long have you been involved with High Borrans?

My involvement with High Borrans goes back many years. I think I’ve worked out that I’ve been leading group visits with St Bernadette’s RC Primary School for over 13 years now. I wasn’t sure when I first went that I really wanted to stay in teaching but after that week I knew that I would never do anything else. We always take the children from St Bernadette’s Primary School in the first week in September and I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year!!

Why have you become involved with the charity?

High Borrans is a very special place. It welcomes children from all walks of life and sends them home full of confidence, new skills and memories. Twenty-one year old ex-pupils still talk about the time they jumped in the lake, wore a teletubby suit and scrambled up the gorge. Being involved with the Friends is really all in the title – it gives me the opportunity to be a friend to a place that l adore.

What has been your most memorable experience at High Borrans?

Over the years there have been so many I’m not sure which to choose. It never fails to amaze me how much I laugh at High Borrans, and more importantly how much time I spend laughing actually with children.

One of my most favourite memories was in my first year. As the group leader I had the pleasure of all of the tougher lads and whoever had organised the groups thought it best to balance that out with some of the quieter girls.

The boys spent the week running rings around the girls and then on the final day we tackled archery. The boys cocky as ever demanded first shots and we all watched as their arrows soared over the targets and towards the swamp. Then one of the tiniest of the girls was persuaded to get up to have her go. She was someone who was not academic, not very sporty, self esteem on the floor… you get the picture. She took her shot and hit the bullseye first time and the second and third as well. I watched the 4ft nothing girl grow several feet in stature that day.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I make a mean chocolate trifle!